Monday, March 30, 2009

Why SUVs are a difficult topic and easy to hate

I am not an SUV enemy, though, I would never buy one, I guess. But sometimes it's easy to really get upset about these SUV drivers. And maybe, statistically, it's not the case that they park illegally more than others. But often it feels like this.
No there are many other points to think about if you are looking for disadvantages of this type of cars. It's really not that easy to understand why people buy them assuming they are not living in the mountains and are not working in the forrests.

One big disadvantage is certainly fuel economy. Despite the fact that SUVs have been modernized a lot over the last years they are still quite heavy and especially large. Also aerodynamics never has been a high priority on the requirements list. And the big wheels don't help either.

What people often forget about are the disadvantages these cars have for other cars. For example it's impossible to see the breaking lights of the car in front of an SUV when you are queuing. Why have we all invested in mid mounted breaking lights when the light chain stops at the SUV because of its height?
And, if you ever bump into one of these SUV, you better don't drive a Fiat 500 or a flat sports car. You don't stand big of a chance.
So, why do people still buy these cars? It seems to be a mixture of the "Marlboro" effect (outdoor feeling) and the good visibility from higher up. And they are good vehicles to pull a trailer, but many other more normal cars can do that too. The current discussions around fuel economy and co2 emissions will probably reduce the attractiveness of this car category and maybe we should store some for the future so that we can remember them in 50 years.

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